Friday, February 24, 2017

Facing It

I have gotten behind on posting on the blog.  Mostly "life has gotten in the way" and I don't have a lot new to show.  Nothing bad has happened. I have been doing some cleaning and decluttering around my home/studio.   I have dyed a bit of fabric, but no photos to show for it.

My last finish on an art quilt was to add a facing rather than a binding.  I used the tutorial by Robbi Joy Eklow found here.   My quilt was already trimmed so I lost a little bit of the edges in the process but it isn't noticeable.  I even hand stitched the facing on the back.
I also did "random acts of fusing" using pre-fused scraps to cover the back which was  a bit messy due to all the threadwork I did on the front.
I put the circles on to echo the design on the front.  Here is the final finish on Garden Path.



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Star Play

The Flying Stars quilt is coming along slowly but surely.  Saturday night I had an idea to do some "Crafted Appliqué" on it using the method in Lara Buccella's book.  Here are those blocks:


The first two had the half orange peel pieces added to existing blocks.  Then the muse said "What if?" and the third block was created.  You may notice that there are no flying geese on this one. But the orange peel halves create a different four pointed star.

Here are all of the blocks so far:
There are nineteen of them so I need to make at least one more. and possibly more depending on the layout I decide on.
Here is one possibility that I am considering. I am just not sure I want to make that many quarter-square triangles.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Crazy Piecing

Wednesday afternoon and night I did a bit of random crazy piecing using some hand dyed fabric pieces and a couple of bits of commercial fabric.  I am thinking that I will put these blocks in the quilt with the Flying Stars just because I can.
Since there will probably be a solid sashing color, it won't be as strange as it seems right now.  Of course I will lay it out first and then possibly decide that these need to live elsewhere.  Whatever happens I didn't want to waste these bits of hand dyed fabric.


Basically I did this for stress relief.   You see, Tuesday had an incident that disrupted my calm life. I had put some fabric in the dryer and was putting some clothing in the washing machine.  I smelled an odd smell and my eyes started burning.  Then I saw smoke coming from the dryer.  I pulled the door open - which switched it off - and saw flames and ashes!  I closed it, ran to the sink and got water, reopened the door and doused the flames.  I started opening doors and windows and tried to get the smoke to go outside.  The smoke alarms screamed and the one that talks said "Warning-Fire" repeatedly.    Whew!
There is still some smoke smell in the house but it is mostly gone.  The dryer is outside and will have to be replaced.  The best guess is that the thermostat and/or the temperature limiter malfunctioned causing a high temperature in the dryer. That caused the cloth to burst into flames inside the dryer drum.

I am so grateful that I was right there and saw. smelled and reacted quickly. This could have been a major disaster - but instead I am safe - my house is standing and is still inhabitable.  For that I am truly thankful.

FYI - I learned that 4% of all  house fires are dryer related. Remember to check your dryer vents and clean them out yearly.  I will be adding a new smoke alarm directly above the dryer when it gets replaced.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

More Stars AND Dye Results

My dyed fabrics are ready to be shown AND there are more of the Flying Stars with Chubby Stars in the centers.   Here is a "peek photo."


Now let's look at all the dyed fabrics first.
One of my favorites! 

Stitch resist - another of my favorites!

This is the over-dyed fabric that had just a little green on it. You can see
where the green was but it is now a much more interesting fabric.

Pole - resist dyed. Parts will be cut away and overdyed, I think. 

This was pleated and twisted and tied.
Another possible overdye?

These two were "filler" pieces- added to  soak up excess dye.
But, they are great fabrics now

Two different red fabrics with different tones and color saturation. 

Another over-dyed fabric.
This was a blue with lots of white space.  It is much more dramatic now.  
This was the 'stars' resist. There are only vague images of the stars.
Another possible over-dye fabric.

Now for two "Wows" and a hmmmmm:
 A mandala dyeing - this is my first attempt at it. 

This was under the mandala to catch extra dye runoff.
I think I see a cave wall painting here. 

Hmmmm
This was under the Mandala and the "Cave Wall piece. It was only at one end.
Thus there is no purple.  To the left I see watercolor flowers.
Parts may be over-dyed. 
Finally let's look at the Flying Stars with Chunky Star centers.
Here are three completed and appliqued to the blocks.  The small Chunky Star is on a 4 1/2" piece to become the center of another Flying Star block.
Don't forget that the "how to" for the Chunky Star came from the Craftsy Class:  Big Techniques from Small Scraps with Sarah Fielke when Abby (the muse) flicked on the lightbulb above my head.
And------

Craftsy is having a sale! All of their new classes are under $20!  So click HERE to go to the SALE.  But I happen to know that  Big Techniques from Small Scraps with Sarah Fielke is $19.99 right now also.

The New Class sale runs until Sunday 11:59p.m. Mountain Time.   You can go back and watch the classes months or even years later.  

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Hmm - Appliqué Idea

The Flying Stars seem to have been almost forgotten until yesterday when I said "Hey I could use some of the hand dyed fabric for centers.  But I was re-watching one of my Craftsy classes, Big Techniques from Small Scraps with Sarah Fielke when Abby (the muse) flicked on the lightbulb above my head.   She said "You could use this on the star blocks too."
I paused the video and got some fabric scraps to try it. I know better than to argue with a muse!
A little easy sewing and I had this:
The cutest little star (or flower) applique. 

Then I placed it on one of the star blocks and had this:
When you piece the star/flower appliqué the edges are already turned under for you.  You just have to sew it down.  A simple straight stitch around the edges will work. How cool is that ???

Now the best part of this happening now is that Craftsy is having a sale! All of their new classes are under $20!  So click HERE to go to the SALE.  But I happen to know that  Big Techniques from Small Scraps with Sarah Fielke is $19.99 right now also.

The New Class sale runs until Sunday 11:59p.m. Mountain Time.   You can go back and watch the classes months or even years later.  Seriously!  I got this class in December 2013 - that was over three years ago.  I call that continuing education.

Oh,  this was a surprise post.  I hope to have the dyed fabric in the next post.

Have a great weekend.

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